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Posted On: Monday, February 27, 2012 08:21 AM, by Christa Dell Sobon
Christa Dell Sobon
Delta Zeta/Emory
As we know, the aim of the Fraternity is threefold—intellectually, the highest scholarship; socially, the widest influence for good; and the Moral Code is love. As scholarship committee chairman, I'd like to underscore the first of the three as join our Panhellenic sisters in celebration of NPC's Month of the Scholar. A review of Theta Roots on the website reminds us that our founders were initially drawn together in the spirit of mutual support for academic pursuits.

Following the U.S. Civil War, in 1867, DePauw's board of trustees opened Asbury's doors to women. But the coeds admitted in 1867 were not readily welcomed by all students. Many feared acceptance of females would diminish the college's reputation. Initially, the women were taunted by male students and met disapproval from friends and townspeople. The women persevered. They proved to hold their own academically, and gradually gained greater respect.

While Thetas today are not necessarily supporting one another academically by practicing their debate skills or dissecting War and Peace, the ideals of highest scholarship and the aspiration toward academic success remain.

The first women admitted into Phi Beta Kappa were Thetas—an outcome of our members' commitment to scholastic excellence. Our tapestry is rich with initiates who blazed trails in terms of academic success—from Mary Ritter Beard (Alpha/DePauw) who laid the ground work for the field of women's studies to Nancy Lusk Zimpher (Alpha Gamma/Ohio State), the first woman to hold the post of chancellor of State University of New York (SUNY), and a myriad of wonderful Thetas in between.

There are Thetas who have a PhD, JD, MD, MPH, MSW, M.Ed, PsyD, MS, MA, BS, and/or BA. We are CPAs, teachers, bankers, educators, recruiters, marketing specialists, project managers, mothers, spouses, daughters, and sisters. We are sisters brought together by an organization partially born out of the ideal to support the academic achievement of women.

In closing, please "Remember the black dear, remember the gold. Remember the story that's always been told. Remember the friendships so faithful and true, and always remember that Theta loves you." Share with us below your academic achievements and how your Theta sisters helped you in your pursuit of highest scholarship.

Christa Dell Sobon, Delta Zeta/Emory, is the scholarship committee chairman for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, and a charter Life Loyal member.

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